Banker receives promotion
Four Oaks Bank has promoted Brent George to senior vice president. He is market executive and commercial lender in the bank’s Clayton office.
George has served in various lending roles since joining Four Oaks Bank in September 1997.
“We are fortunate to have Brent leading the bank’s efforts in Clayton,” said Jeff D. Pope, executive vice president and chief banking officer for Four Oaks Bank. “Our success in the Clayton market is certainly attributable to Brent’s contributions and leadership over the years. He is most deserving of this new title.”
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Outside of the bank, George is treasurer of the Johnston United Soccer Association and secretary of the Clayton Mid-day Rotary Club.
A Johnston county native, George and his wife, Stephanie, have a son and daughter. They are longtime Clayton residents.
New shop in Smithfield
Kelly’s Antiques and Thrift Shop has opened at 508 S. Seventh St. in Smithfield. The shop offers antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, new and used clothing and accessories.
Owner Anthony Kelly has been in the resale business for more than 10 years. “I enjoy the hunt for antiques, contemporary furniture and special hard-to-find pieces, and sell at reasonable prices, which starts the hunting process all over again,” he said.
Photography studio opens
Simply Bliss Studio, a photography studio, has opened at 108 S. Third St. in Smithfield.
Smithfield shop offers gently used clothing
Beau & Beauty has opened at 805-B S. Third St. in Smithfield. The shop offers gently used clothing for men and women.
Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. All are at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, ClaytonTo register, call 919-209-2224, email email@example.com or go to johnstoncc.edu/continuing-education/small-business-center.aspx.
How to Start a Nonprofit – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.
How to Do the 501(c)3 Thing – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Record Keeping for Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Chamber of hold planning retreat
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual planning retrear from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the old library at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The retreat is open to all chamber members. To reserve your spot, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luncheon for women
The Chamber Women’s Business Network will hold its annual Meeting with a Meaning luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Hinnant Family Vineyards, 826 Pine Level-Micro Road, Pine Level.
The program will feature moderator Melissa Buscher, vice president of integrated communications management for Time Warner Cable; Twyla Casey Wells, executive director of the Johnston Community College Foundation; Doris Huebner, a McDonald’s owner and operator; and Margaret King, chief operating officer, Wake Radiology.
For members of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, tickets are $27 before until Oct. 31 and $30 after that date. For all others, tickets are $30 until Oct. 31 and $35 after that date. For more information, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at email@example.com.
Grifols wins award
Grifols Therapeutics Inc. has received a 2015 DuPont Safety and Sustainability Award. The awards program recognizes outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness.
“We are very pleased that our hard work and commitment to decrease our waste has led us to be recognized as a finalist for the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Award,” said David Kistner, vice president of engineering. “We believe that our improved sustainability performance has allowed us to become a more competitive company and proven to other companies that investing in sustainability truly pays off.”
The awards ceremony took place in Wilmington, Del., and was accompanied by a Best Practice Forum, in which all of the winners shared the context, content and success factors for their projects.
“We are very pleased to recognize Grifols Therapeutics for their achievements and commitment to excellence in sustainability,” said John Chrosniak, president of DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “Like DuPont, they believe that progress in sustainability allows companies to advance societal goals but also operate more effectively and efficiently.”
Company names manager trainee
Jason Free of Clayton has joined the staff of Stephenson General Contractors in Smithfield as construction manager trainee. He was a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent for 15 years.
Most recently, Free was a consultant and director of special projects for the Property Management Division of Stephenson General Contractors.
M. Durwood Stephenson, company president, announced Free’s transfer to the Design-Build Construction Division. “Jason served our Property Management Division with distinction and achievement,” Stephenson said. “He is a quick learner with a good basic knowledge of construction and will in a short time become a top-quality performer in our Design-Build Construction Division.”
Free and his wife, Karen, live near Clayton with their daughter, Kaitlyn.
Earnings up slightly at KS Bancorp
KS Bancorp Inc., parent company of KS Bank, has reported third quarter income of $350,000, or 27 cents a share. A year ago, third quarter income was $331,000, or 25 cents a share.
For the nine months ended Sept. 30, net income was $999,000, an increase of $408,000, or 69.04 pecent, from a year ago.
First Citizens reports surge in earnings
First Citizens BancShares Inc. has reported third quarter net income of $56 million, or $4.66 per share, compared to $26.5 million, or $2.76 per share, a year ago.
For the nine months ended Sept. 30, net income was $167.6 million, or $13.96 per share, compared to $75.7 million, or $7.87 per share, for the same period last year.
Four Oaks Bank swings to a profit
Four Oaks Fincorp Inc., holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust, has reported third quarter income of $734,000, or two cents a share. A year ago, the bank lost $8.6 million, or 42 cents a share, in the third quarter.
For the nine months ended Sept. 30, the company had net income of $19.2 million, or 60 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $4.8 million, or 38 cents, for the same period in 2014.